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Lauren Wilson in Bloordale

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Where did you grow up?

I was born in Ontario, spent the first 5 years of my life in Saudi Arabia and then grew up in Richmond Hill. I moved to Toronto during University.

What brought you to Toronto?

I started going to University of Toronto, fell in love with the city and never left.

What do you do for a living?

I own the local floristry and watercolour company, Timberlost & Humblebound.

How did you get started?

Timberlost & Humblebound mostly grew out of nostalgia. My mother was an avid gardener and would tend to her award winning gardens every morning. Her peonies were always so beautiful and full. She would mind every spider, making sure not to crush their webs between the plants. Every minute detail of nature mattered to her. Growing up with this really helped shape who I am today. After I graduated from University, I started working in marketing and event planning and although I learned a lot of skills, I always felt like there was something missing. Every weekend I couldn’t wait to escape the city and would plan mini adventures at every chance. In my spare time I started painting watercolours of plants which lead to a line of botanically themed gift cards that I sell at local stores and online. I eventually got a job working at a local florist where I learned how to create and maintain floral arrangements. Last year I decided to quit my job and run Timberlost full time. I wanted to offer wild and ethereal arrangements because that style came so naturally to me. I feel extremely fortunate to be doing what I love the most. Taking risks has paid off in so many ways.

What’s your favourite thing about your city?

I love having a beer in Bellwoods park in the summer. In the winter I am thankful for the eclectic take out options.

What’s the last treasure you found?

I recently found an Iroquois peace pipe hiding in my parents basement. It was made by “He Visits Him” who was part of the Wolf Clan of the Seneca Nation. It has a soap stone bird and snake on it, beautiful hawk feathers and bead work. My parents had bought it in the late 60’s for my paternal grandmother in Scotland and then reclaimed it after she died. I like imagining the history of it, from being in the makers hands, to my grandmother admiring it and then making its way back to my parents house. It’s been cared for by so many different people and now it’s mine. I find it very special.

If you were going to eat your last meal in Toronto, where and what would you eat?

Banjara for dinner and then a double chocolate cookie from Bakerbots for dessert.

If you could have a sleepover with anyone who has ever existed, who would it be?

Bill Nye. Can you imagine how amazing that would be?

If your life was a TV show, what would be the theme song?

I recently discovered Diane Cluck and can’t stop listening to her song, The Turnaround Road. She talks about flora and fauna and light. It’s very beautiful so I’d probably choose this or ask her to kindly write one for me.

What does Toronto need that it doesn’t have now?

More bike lanes. I bike a lot in the summertime and it would be nice if it was safer.

See Lauren’s work at timberlostandhumblebound.com and on Instagram @timberlost

© 2012 Arden Wray